I'm looking to gauge interest from creative people who live/ work or spend time being creative in U.K., Yorkshire and globally) to be a part of a project called 'The Creativists Hour'
Up until now I've focused on mini music reviews and interviewing Musicians - the majority of the talent I've reached out and who've reciprocated are not from the U.K.
I focused on gaining confidence by writing (unusual) music reviews and "hounding'" people to do a Feature for my blog.
I knew this was a huge risk to my blog and readers because I was trying something new. I was willing to lose certain readers or win them over.
My angle on doing these reviews and Features included finding artists who aren't afraid about talking about mental health - their or other peoples or even sharing personal experiences- the good, the bad. -the ugly?
My experience writing features showed more readership engagement with people open to talking about themselves and their mental health issues without feeling it would compromise their aspirations/career.
The next part of this project is to extend my (unusual) reviews, research/interview people from the entertainment and arts industry
Scriptwriters for radio/film or stage
animation artists and organisations who support local talent in Halifax and the U.K. & globally)
The AIMS of this project
Share authentic and relatable stories and personal narratives to readers to inspire them, to see that being creative is not something that has to be measured by success /money/experience or fans.
Focus on the community closer to my current home in Yorkshire and on the U.K. creative scene
Keep promoting artists and creative people from across the globe.
Interview/Chat to individuals about:
How,Why and What led them to have chosen their creative outlets, hobbies or careers.
understanding how using their creative outlets benefited/Improved their life in a holistic sense: Mental health, physical health, social lifestyle, values, perspectives, challenges, moments of achievement
How have their creative outlets led to negative experiences and how they overcome them/ intend to. The Outcome for asking people to share this is: Inspire people & be real.
What creativity means to an individual
How (if at all) has their community helped or hindered their creative passions.
How can they encourage or signpost other local community members to feel inspired/ confident to get involved with their community and creative arts scene to express themselves? I believe even the most "successful & talented people have moments of doubt.
How I aim to achieve this:
Interview individuals/groups/organisations on social media/emails/Skype/face to face recorded interviews /meetings/gigs etc.. and then use my blog as a medium to merge our agendas.
Why my blog?
I love music and I love writing and I love people with a story to tell.
This gives interested participants/people both a platform and voice to promote their talent and own agenda.
It's my blog and my risk. It might be a success or need tweaking.
I enjoy changing things up. Writing out of my comfort zone.
My agenda is to use this project as a platform to pass on other peoples experiences in the Arts/entertainment industry to the reader by being real and be comfortable talking about mental health -good and bad.
Giving people resources, ideas, self-confidence, inspiration and hope that they can also be creative & challenge the definition of creativity.
Use my blog as a data storing place where I can record my research/findings/photos/transcripts of interviews
Spread the word on what is creative talent/opportunities there are in, West Yorkshire , the U.K. and around the globe.
Email if you want to take part
I have been quiet on the WRAP front – wellness recovery action plan. Only for the reason, I knew this testimonial video would be available for YOU and others who want to take their life in their hands and have a plan for if it all goes down the toilet.
Anyway, here it is. I think it will have more of a powerful effect on those of you who do decide to watch it. Instead of me waffling about it over 12 weeks on camera. If you want to to do WRAP and are not in a physical place close to where I live. You can still do it via my WRAP page. No costs – for free. Or you can go to the founder of WRAP-Mary Ellan Copeland‘s website and pay for the various material (if it is not free) that can be found on this website. It all about you. It is all about what you want to get out of it.
I have found out so much about myself and what I am like, what I enjoy, what makes me happy, what keeps me well, what works, what doesn’t work, what I want people in my life to do if I have a meltdown.